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Intellectual Property Research

This guide includes information on researching patents and copyrights.

Study Aids

Study aid materials are located in the Reserve area behind the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the law library. 

Mary LaFrance, Copyright Law in a Nutshell (KF 2995 .L34 2017)
Covers the fundamental concepts of originality, authorship and infringement, as well as the highly technical rules governing digital phonorecord deliveries and digital public performance rights in sound recordings, the safe harbor provisions that limit the liability of Internet service providers, and the anti-circumvention and copyright management information provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Marshall A. Leaffer, Understanding Copyright Law (KF 2994 .L34 2014)
Incorporates recent case law and legislative developments, focusing on the challenges of the digital age.

Stephen M. McJohn, Copyright: Examples and Explanations (KF 2995. M35 2015)
Provides extremely clear introductions to concepts followed by realistic examples that mirror those presented in the classroom throughout the semester.

Stephen M. McJohn, Intellectual Property: Examples and Explanations (KF 2980 .M35 2015)

Provides clear introductions to concepts, followed by realistic examples.

Charles R. McManis, Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition in a Nutshell (KF 1610 .M354 2013)
Broad summary of the law of intellectual property and the law of unfair competition. It also touches on related areas of law, such as antitrust, consumer protection, regulated industries, and the law governing interference with contractual and noncontractual relations.

Arthur R. Miller & Michael H. Davis, Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright in a Nutshell (KF 2980 .M52 2012)
Provides coverage of the foundations of patent, trademark, and copyright law. 

Gary Myers, Principles of Intellectual Property Law (KF 2980 .M94 2017)
Comprehensive survey of intellectual property law, including copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, unfair competition, the right of publicity, and other areas of intellectual property protection.

Roger E. Schechter & John R. Thomas, Intellectual Property: The Law of Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks (KF 2980 .S34 2003)
Comprehensive treatment of all three major branches of intellectual property law, surveying basic principles and emerging issues. 
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